Suzanne Kirschner

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ABOUT SUZANNE KIRSCHNER

I am a visual artist from Northwestern Connecticut. I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with concentrations in graphic design and photography. I’ve worked commercially as a graphic artist for 15 years before completing graduate course work at Central Connecticut State University in Art Education. I have been a visual art teacher for the past twenty years and received the 2018 Outstanding Middle School Art  Educator Award by the Connecticut Art Education Association. During this time I have continued working and developing my skills as a visual artist. I have attended intensive summer artist workshops at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Institute of New Hampshire, and the University of the Arts.

I have participated in two public art projects: Giddy Up To Granby, Granby, CT, painted horses, 2006: A Horse of a Different Color; and A Bear Affair in Torrington, CT, painted bears, 2007: Hibearnation Dreams.

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  • Group Exhibit, The Artists’ Space @ The National Bottle Museum, Ballston Spa, NY, April 6, 2018 – July 5, 2018
  • Solo Exhibit, Relationships, NCCC Gallery, Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted, CT, March 5, 2018 - April 5, 2018
  • Group Exhibit, MixMaster, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT,  February 11, 2018-April 9 - 1, 2018, Juror: Sara Shaoul, Director of 601 Artspace in NYC
  • Group Exhibit, Third Annual Maple and Mail Juried Art Exhibition, Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, CT, January 25, 2018 – March 31, 2018,                          Juror: Paul Batch
  • Group Exhibit, Winter: Its Beauty & Secrets, Spectrum Art Gallery, Essex, CT, November17, 2017 – January 14, 2018, Curated by Barbara Nair
  • Group Exhibit, Holiday Exhibition, Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, CT, November 15, 2017 – January 21,2018
  • Group exhibit, place/memory, Drezner  Visitor’s Gallery, Farmington Valley Arts Center, November 17, 2017-Decenber 30, 2017, Juror: Jo Lynn Alcorn
  • Group Exhibit, 12th Annual Juried Show, Celebrating New England’s Natural Beauty, Granby Land Trust in partnership with Granby Artist’s Association, North Granby, CT; October 26, 2017 – November 26, 2017; Juror: Elana Chernick-Kritz, Gallery Manager at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA
  • Group Exhibit, Art Space New Haven, City Wide Open Studios, Alternative Space, Goffe Street Armory, New Haven, CT,  October 14-15, 2017
  • Group Exhibit, CWOS (City Wide Open Studios) Exhibition, Art Space Gallery, New Haven, CT,  October 5, 2017– November 9, 2017
  • Group Exhibit, Visual Narratives Exhibition, Loft Artist Association, Stamford CT, September 8, 2017 – September 24, 2017, Juror Katerina Lanfranco, Chief Curator at Trestle Gallery, NY, NY, and  Founder of Rhombus Space
  • Group Exhibit, Fall Exhibition, Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, CT, September 9, 2017 – November 12, 2017
  • Group Exhibit, #IBelieveinWaterbury, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, September 10, 2017 – December 3, 2017, Curated by Bob Burns, Director, Mattatuck Museum, Judith McElhorne, Director, Five Points Gallery, and Will K. Wilkins, Director, Real Art Ways, Hartford
  • Group Exhibit, Abstract Nature, Spectrum Art Gallery, Essex, CT, July 17, 2017 – September 10, 2017, Curated by Barbara Nair
  • Group Exhibit, Summer Exhibition, Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, CT, June 21, 2017 - September 3, 2017
  • Group Exhibit, Sixth Annual Juried Multimedia Exhibit Arts Center East, Vernon, CT, June 11 –July 8, 2017; Jurors: Lindsey Fyfe and Barbara Groff,
    Ascension, 28”x28”, India Ink Gold and Silver Leaf on Paper, 2015, Merit Award
  • Group Exhibit, Little Gems 8x8 Exhibit, Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, CT, May 6, 2017 – May 29, 2017
  • Group Exhibit, 2017 CT+6,  Club House Gallery and Salt Box Gallery, West Hartford, CT, April 30, 2017-June 3, 2017,  Juror: Min Jung Kim, Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art
  • Group Exhibit, All Art +, Van Der Plas Gallery, NY, NY, April 17, 2017 – April 28, 2017, Curated by Adriaan Van Der Plas
  • Group Exhibit, The Crossing Annual Juried Exhibit, Hygienic Art Gallery, New London CT, March 25, 2017 – April 22, 2017,  Juror: Mark McKee
  • Group Exhibit, The Nor’Easter, 50th Annual Juried Member’s Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, April 24, 2017  –May 28, 2017, Juror: Sarah Fritchey, Curator/Gallery Director at ArtSpace New Haven, New Haven , CT
  • Group Exhibit, Fences, Spectrum Art Gallery, Essex, CT, March 24,, 2017 – May 7, Curated by Barbara Nair
  • Group Exhibit, Exposures, Club House Gallery, West Hartford, CT, February 12, 2017 – March 5, 2017, Juror: Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize Photographer, 1999
  • Group Exhibit, Second Annual Maple and Mail Juried Art Exhibition, Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, CT, January 28, 2017 – April 2, 2017, Juror: Deborah Quinn Munson
  • Group Exhibit, MixMaster, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, January 29, 2017 – March 19, 2017
    Juror: Meg White, Director and owner of Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA
  • Group Exhibit, Follow the Line, Spectrum Art Gallery, Essex, CT, January 20, 2017 – March 5, 2017
  • Solo Exhibit, Contained Line, Hygienic Art Gallery, New London CT, November 17, 2016-January 1, 2017
  • Joint Exhibit, On and Of Paper Redux, Arts Center East, Vernon, CT, July 24 – August 20, 2016; Jurors: Jane Rainwater and Bill Thompson;  Quahog Shells, 24”x24”, India Ink on Hand Embossed Paper, 2015, First Place Award
  • Joint Exhibit, 11th Annual Juried Show, Celebrating New England’s Natural Beauty, Granby Land Trust in partnership with Granby Artist’s Association, North Granby, CT; October 27, 2016 – November 27, 2016; Juror: Will Lustenader
  • ​​​​ Joint Exhibit, Festival Exhibition, Art Space Gallery, New Haven, CT,  October 7, 2016 – November 10, 2016
  • Joint Exhibit, NAEA Member Exhibition, NAEA Gallery, Alexandria, VA 22314, October 1, 2016 – April 21, 2017
  • Joint Exhibit, A Splash of Color, Firehouse Gallery, Milford, CT, September29, 2016 – October 28, 2016
  • Joint Exhibit, FALL JURIED SHOW, The Gallery At Kent, Kent, CT, September 4, 2016 – October 11, 2016, Jurors: Frank Federico, Eileen Herman, and W. David Herman
  • Joint Exhibit, The Art of Abstraction, Arts Center East, Vernon, CT, July 24 – August 20, 2016; Jurors: Karen Peterson and Diana Boehnert; Gold Grid, 28”x28”, Mixed Media: India Ink and Gold Leaf on Paper, 2015, First Place Award
  • Joint Exhibit, 2D or Not 2D, Arts Center East, Vernon, CT, June 12 – July 9, 2016; Jurors: Susan Wakeen, Senior Designer for Hasbro Toys; Melissa Ralston-Jones, curator of the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center for Western Connecticut State University, Bar Code, 28”x28”, India Ink on Paper, 2015, Bill and Phyllis Memorial Award, Third Place 
  • Joint Exhibit, PINK!, Slipe Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, March 7, 2016 – March 26, 2016; Juror: Kate Bingaman-Burt
  • Joint Exhibit, Black and White, Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT, January 15, 2016 – February 27, 2016; Juror: Leigh Tarentino, Associate Professor of Visual Art, Brown University; Layers:  Black and White, 24”x24”, Acrylic on Panel, 2016, Honorable Mention
  • Joint Exhibit, The Nor’Easter, 49th Annual Juried Member’s Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art, January 9, 2016 – February 14, 2016, Juror: Judith McElhone, Executive Director 5 Points Gallery, Torrington, CT
  •  Solo Exhibit, Layers, Warner Atrium Gallery, Torrington CT, January 8, 2016 - March 28, 2015
  • Joint Exhibit, 11th Annual Small Works, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, December 10, 2015 – January 10, 2016; Juror: Amy Williams
  • Solo Exhibit, Small Works, Yellow Duck Gallery, Torrington, CT, December 4, 2015 - December 31, 2015
  • Joint Exhibit, Liberty Art and Framing, Torrington CT, November 28, 2015 – December 31, 2015
  • Solo Exhibit, Controlled Chaos, Serendipity Gallery, Litchfield CT, October 15, 2015 – November 11, 2015
  • Joint Exhibit, Juried Show, Celebrating New England’s Natural Beauty, Granby Land Trust in partnership with Granby Artist’s Association, North Granby, CT; October 29, 2015 – November 29, 2015; Juror: Paul Gulla, R. Michelson Galleries, North Hampton, MA.
  •  Joint Exhibit, VLC IMAGES, Torrington, CT, November 8, 2014 – December 15, 2014



During the past three years, my work has been exhibited and won awards through out Connecticut, New York, and Virginia in juried exhibits including the NAEA (National Art Educators Association) Gallery, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Mattatuck Museum, The Mystic Art Museum, The Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford, and The Art Center East in Vernon, CT.  I have also had Solo shows at The Atrium Gallery at the Warner Theater in Torrington CT, The Serendipity Gallery in Litchfield CT, Hygienic Art in New London CT, and the Gallery at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted CT. My work has also exhibited on a regular basis at Spectrum Art Gallery in Essex CT and Mable and Main Gallery of Fine Art in Chester CT. Type your paragraph here.

Life, by its very nature is organic; things spin out of control, twist, turn, and feel like everything is going in, and coming from different directions simultaneously.  We attempt to impose structure on it, to control, organize and contain the chaos.

 I have always worked with line, but is has been controlled. Through an intense period of experimentation and creation, my line twists, turns, and is in constant motion. I’m constantly turning it as I work, building layers from multiple directions creating texture and depth; obscuring and revealing. Although the line may seem chaotic, it forms rhythmic patterns that unify it and attempts to superimpose structure. In addition to the line and layers, color has become an important element in my work, contrasting colors peak through the layers emphasizing the movement of the line.

It is not the line, but the structure and the contrast that creates the chaos; forcing the line to function within the world it is apart of, bound within a perfect square.